PhD IN COGNITIVE SCIENCE

The Cognitive Science PhD program at IIT Kanpur is now operational. New candidates for the 2018 batch will be selected by means of a written test/interview common with the MS entrance exam.

Our program structure is research-intensive, so PhD aspirants are encouraged to identify potential mentors at the time of application. Candidates with a background in cognitive science will take 36 credits of coursework followed by 144 thesis credits. Candidates from other disciplines will take 18 additional course credits. We expect candidates to graduate in about 5 years.

Online application portal opens: 15th November 2018
Online application portal closes: Late January 2019
COGJET test 16 February 2019
Admission process at IIT Kanpur May-June 2019
Registration for MS and PhD Programs: July, 2019
MS and PhD Programs commence: July-August, 2019

*For details about the syllabus and format of the written test, please see here.

We solicit applications to our PhD program from curious and creative individuals satisfying any one of the following requirements. Applicants must possess,


  1. an MA/M.Sc/M.Phil/MS/equivalent degree

    • in Cog. Sc./Psychology/Linguistics/Philosophy/Anthropology/Phy/Chem/Math/Stat/Biosciences/related disciplines,
    • with a minimum of 60% or 6.0/10 (grade point average) in the qualifying degree.
    • Should have a valid score/qualification in GATE/CSIR/JRF/NET/other equivalent exam
    • Applicants from CFTIs (centrally funded technical institutions) with a grade point average of 8.0/10 (or equivalent) are exempt from the GATE/CSIR/JRF/NET requirement.

    OR

  2. an M.Tech/ME/MD (any branch) with a minimum of 60% or 6.0/10 (grade point average) in the qualifying degree.

  3. OR

  4. a B.Tech/MBBS/BE (any branch), BS - 4year program ( in Physics/Chem/Math/Stat/Biosciences/related sciences).

    • Applicant must have a minimum of 75% or 7.5/10 in the qualifying degree.
    • Should have a valid score/qualification in GATE/CSIR/JRF/NET/other equivalent exam.
    • Applicants from CFTIs (centrally funded technical institutions) with a grade point average of 7.5/10 (or equivalent) are exempt from the GATE/CSIR/JRF/NET requirement.

The minimum educational qualifications for admission to the MS 3-year program are:

  • 3-year BA/B.Sc/equivalent degree in (Psychology/ Linguistics/ Philosophy/ Anthropology/ Phy/ Chem/ Math/ Stat/ Biosciences/ CS/ related disciplines) with a minimum of 60% or 6.0/10 in the qualifying degree.

The minimum educational and other qualifications for admission to the MS 2-year program are:

  • B.Tech/BE (any branch), BS - 4year program (Physics/ Chem/ Math/ Stat/Biosciences/ related sciences), MBBS. An applicant must have a minimum of 60% or 6.0/10 in the qualifying degree. All regular applicants must have a valid score/qualification in GATE/ CSIR/ JRF/ NET/other equivalent exam. Applicants with B.Tech from IITs with an overall grade point average of 6.5/10 or higher and 8.0/10.0 in the last two years and those with an MBBS degree are exempted from the GATE/ CSIR/ JRF/ NET requirement.
  • MA/M.Sc/equivalent degree (Psychology/ Linguistics/ Philosophy/ Anthropology/ Phy/ Chem/ Math/ Stat/ Biosciences/ CS/ related disciplines) with a minimum of 60% or 6.0/10 (grade point average) in the qualifying degree. An applicant must have a valid score/qualification in GATE/ CSIR/ JRF/ NET/other equivalent exam. Applicants from IITs with a grade point average of 8.0/10 (or equivalent) and those with an MBBS degree are exempted from the GATE/ CSIR/ JRF/ NET requirement.

Interviews for shortlisted candidates will be conducted on 3rd and 4th May, 2018 for the July 2018 entering batch.